Alpujarras Baking Retreat

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e5 Bakehouse has been teaching the science behind baking sourdough bread and inspiring new bakers from around the world for years. We have proudly been organising this collaboration with Emma and David at Las Chimeneas for years. There will be two experienced teachers taking you through all the essentials of sourdough bread baking with local grains and flour taken from our mill in Hackney. Las Chimeneas is located in the dramatic region of The Alpujarras and consists of beautifully converted village houses to welcome guests, expect lots of antiques, books and hidden nooks and crannies! You'll be served fresh and seasonal food from their small restaurant every day.



13th October - 20th October 2024

Over the course of the week, there will be two full days of sourdough bread making and a half day pastry workshop.


  • First day: introduction to sourdough. We will make three different breads: a 100% rye loaf, ciabatta-style buns and a classic country loaf using the techniques we use here in the bakery. You will learn how to manage your sourdough starter and prepare a leaven.


  • Second day: an in-depth dive into sourdough. We will make our signature Hackney Wild recipe as well as a porridge loaf and flatbreads. We will go further into the science of sourdough as well as discussing different grains and the process of flour milling.


  • Final half day: heritage grain pastry. We will prepare our shortcrust dough, using a variety of flour, using locally grown almonds we'll go on making a frangipane and with seasonal or preserved toppings we will bake the tarts, ready to enjoy the next days with a lovely cup of coffee or tea in the beautiful setting of Mairena. 


The weather will largely dictate exactly which days we make bread: if it’s particularly sunny one day, we will likely spend the day outdoors exploring the local area, guided by David and Emma.

Also included: Seven nights' accommodation and full board (breakfast, light lunch/picnic and three course evening meal) at  Las Chimeneas, Mairena. Group airport transfers arranged for.

For enquiries about the teaching and course structure, please contact the bakery on 020 8525 2890 or email us with “Alpujarras” in the subject box.

PRICE £1350 for Full board and course (excl. transport)



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Deposits: All deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable.
Full Payments: For places paid in full and then cancelled the following applies:

  1. More than 2 months before the start of the course: 100% refund less the deposit.
  2. 4 to 8 weeks before the start of the workshop: 50% refund less the deposit.
  3. Up to 4 weeks before the start of the workshop: No refund will be given.
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e5 Bakehouse


Arch 395-396
Mentmore Terrace
E8 3PH
United Kingdom


The closest station is London Fields or Hackney Central (both Overground stations). There are permit holder parking restrictions on the surrounding streets between 8.30am - 6.30pm Monday to Friday, there should be available parking outside of these times.

Opening Hours
Monday to Friday: 7:30am - 5.30pm // Saturday to Sunday : 8am - 5:30pm